Let’s start this blog with a riddle:
What is that natural pause in a Woman’s life?
Answering this question is a reality check of how aware you are of yourself & in case you are a male then about the women in your life.
If you are still left wondering then the answer is ‘Menopause’ – The name itself suggest that it’s a Pause in Menstural cycle.
Everyone is aware of the time in school when the concept of menstrual cycle was introduced to them. Through these videos every boy and girl is educated on the changes that happen during this time in the women’s body. So everyone is well informed about ‘Menarche’, but why not about ‘Menopause’ ?
Just like the sun rises, eventually there comes a time where it sets. If ‘Menarche’ is the starting point of the menstrual cycle then a ‘Menopause’ is when it gradually comes to a stop.
Menopause is not sudden but is marked with a period of signs that can vary woman to woman. When there is absence of periods for more than 12 months it is considered that menopause has occured. This doesn’t mean that it’s something only women must face and go through alone. This literal and figurative upheaval in her life affects people around her & needs support from other family members.
Just as a Mother always has a kind word to say to us on our worst days similarly she needs the same.
As it’s true in any given situation awareness plays a major role in helping to cope with it better. Not surprisingly what exactly is menopause is not known to many women. Recent studies suggest that women are not aware of the term or the signs to look out for. Unlike how knowledge of menstrual cycle is circulated through schools from young age this is not the same for a subject like “Menopause”. So when they start going through the transition period they not only don’t seek professional help but also prefer to remain quiet.
To outline Menopause:
Menopause tends to set in around the age of 40 or 45 which will vary person to person.
General signs and symptoms:
Physical symptoms –
- There is decline in hormones that are responsible for ovulation as well as other reproductive functions.
- Menstrual irregularities
- Hot flushes or flashes & Night sweats
- Palpitations (irregular heart beats) & Headaches
- Thinning hair and Dry Skin
- Weight gain and slowed metabolism
- Osteoporosis (bones become weak and brittle)
- Mood changes
- Sleep disturbances
- Lack of energy
- Difficulty concentrating, and dizzy spells.
Through Ayurveda this absolutely normal transition in a woman’s life can become manageable and smooth. Following an appropriate diet and lifestyle definitely makes a difference in relieving these symptoms. Depending on the predominance of doshas during this period an appropriate diet may be followed.
|Dosha||Signs & Symptoms||Diet|
|Vata predominant Menopause||Nervousness, anxiety, pain, mood swings, irregular periods, insomnia, mild hot flashes, constipation,||increase warm food and drinks. Avoid caffeine, other stimulants & refined sugar|
|Pitta predominant Menopause||Temper, anger, irritability, feeling hot, hot flashes, night sweats, heavy & excessive periods||Increase cooling foods, water intake, sweet juicy fruits, Avoid hot spicy food and alcohol|
|Kapha predominant Menopause||Weight gain, lethargy, fluid retention, laziness, depression||Light, dry & warm food, consume fruits, whole grown vegetables|
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Gati Krushna Panda et al. Menopausal Syndrome and Its Management with Ayurveda,International Journal of Health Sciences & Research (www.ijhsr.org), Vol.8; Issue: 5; May 2018
Dr.Madhuri Bhogan (MD AYU)